WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is asking its more tech-savvy supporters for help with a mandatory 30-second campaign video in the upcoming CNN/You Tube Democratic presidential debate.
The supporters will submit their proposals to the Clinton campaign Website.
"My job in the campaign is to make the videos and the ads, and I have a great team of really creative people helping me," Mandy Grunwald, media adviser/director of advertising for the campaign, wrote in an e-mail Tuesday morning. "But when we sat down to figure out what our 30-second video for the debate should be, we decided pretty quickly to give you the assignment instead."
In a statement, the campaign called the request the "latest groundbreaking effort" to engage voters in "new and innovative ways."
As part of the upcoming CNN/You Tube debate, to be held July 23 in South Carolina, all the candidates are asked to submit a 30-second video relating to their presidential campaign.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
"Today, John Weaver and Terry Nelson offered their resignations from my presidential campaign, which I accepted with regret and deep gratitude for their dedication, hard work and friendship. Terry is a consummate professional, who has ably lead this campaign through a challenging political environment. John Weaver has been my friend and trusted counselor for many years and to whom I am greatly indebted. In the days and weeks ahead this campaign will move forward, and I will continue to address the issues of greatest concern to the American people, laying out my vision for a secure and prosperous America."
McCain's top two strategists resigned from his presidential bid Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's top political strategists Tuesday resigned from their posts with the Arizona Republican’s presidential campaign.
Campaign Manager Terry Nelson and Chief Strategist John Weaver announced their departures in a statement released by the campaign just as McCain took to the Senate floor to talk about the situation in Iraq.
- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ahead of an interim report on progress in Iraq, President Bush is expected to use Tuesday's town hall meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, as a way to talk directly to Americans about how he would like to eventually get to a "post-surge" phase in Iraq, senior officials told CNN.
However, senior administration officials said that the Bush administration does not plan to make any major changes in its Iraq strategy despite increased calls from Republican lawmakers to begin a drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq.
In addition to reassuring the public, Bush's message is also intended to do some "hand-holding with Republicans on the Hill," in the words of one senior official, to make sure the GOP defections slow down.
It is unclear how that message will play with the growing ranks of Republican senators who have expressed frustration with the Bush administration over its repeated calls for a new strategy, but its inability to significantly retool its Iraq policy.
"Why waste more time in not moving on to the next phase of the strategy, which is to change a mission and redeployment of our troops?" Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, said on CNN's "American Morning" Tuesday.
The White House has urged patience, saying the recent addition of 21,500 U.S. troops intended to beef-up security in the Iraqi capital was just completed two weeks ago.
NEW YORK (CNN) - A former law colleague of likely Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson told CNN Monday that Thompson worked in the 1990s for a group trying to loosen abortion restrictions.
Because many social conservatives see Thompson as their best hope for seeing an anti-abortion president in the White House in 2008, any perceived weakness in his position on abortion could damage his appeal among those voters.
Former Democratic Rep. Michael Barnes worked with Thompson at Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn.
- CNN's Bob Ruff